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Research Skills required by PhD students E3: Constructively defend research outcomes at seminars...

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9 March 2010

Research Skills required by PhD students E3: Constructively defend research outcomes at seminars and viva examination

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By the time students complete a PhD, they should be able to answer ‘Yes’ to most of these questions.

  • Can you describe how your findings relate to the published literature?
  • Can you articulate clearly what distinguishes your research from other related research?
  • Can you articulate the nature and extent of your contribution to knowledge in your field?
  • Can you recognise a legitimate challenge to your research when you hear or read one?
  • Can you respond to challenges with concrete, evidence-based replies?
  • Can you give an example of when a challenge to or question about your research led to a full and constructive discussion?

Evidence of this skill

These are examples of documents you can collect. Each implies a piece or work, which may be a good way for you to develop this skill.

  • Probation mini-viva.
  • PhD defence.
  • Performance at an internal or external seminar.
  • Performance in answering questions to a paper you have presented at a conference
  • Record of active participation in discussion groups.
    This page is based upon material produced by The Open University’s research school to support doctoral students.

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